We had another great summer of gospel music (encouraging all/more traditional hymns), evangelistic outreach, Bible Education & Holiness Emphasis programs, here along the Jersey Shore. What a joy to share as clear as possible the message of salvation through Christ by giving out the gospel message + encouraging believers, visitors, vacationers, and residents, on the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Grounds.
POSSIBLEPROGRAM: Plans are in progress for the 2023 Summer Season, and we would like to know if you/your church or organization has a Music Ministry Program group of some type: Children’s/Youth/Young Adult/Adult Choir, Chorus, Quartet, Singers, Praise Team, or other musical-type group which might like to present a gospel musical program here on the Ocean Grove Boardwalk.
POSSIBLETABLE PROMO: AND/OR, perhaps you may wish to have an Outreach/Promotion Table on a busy Fri, Sat, or Sun, or Weekday, to promote your Christian Organization or Ministry; In between programs or during your program, having a brief 3-4 minute Ministry Promo Spot?
If you are desiring to present a program, we try to keep the programs to an hour, with occasional scripture, or testimonies; we appreciate your mentioning a short comment or statement or short intro message about salvation, explaining what the born-again experience is all about and/or sowing seeds so folks might be led on the right path or understand how to begin that walk; maybe using a verse(s) like: John 3:16, Acts 4:12, Acts 16:31, Luke 19:10, Mark 16:16, Ephesians 2: 8-9, John 14:6, etc...; possibly include some sing-a-longs/maybe bring song-sheets with your contact info on them?; we appreciate more traditional hymns and choruses and classical music in your programs; some groups do blended contemporary with original numbers; all contemporary selections don't really relate with our folks; (We have also had some gospel puppet groups, clear gospel magicians or clowns, drama, comedians, etc...).
WE DESIRE A BALANCE OF MUSICAL STYLES, BUT IF YOU DO 95+% TRADITIONAL HYMNS ->> YOU GO TO THE HEAD OF THE LIST AND ARE PUT ON THE SECOND PROGRAM SLOT LIST... MY CONTINUING AIM FOR THOSE BLENDED MUSIC GROUPS, IS TO AIM FOR HALF TRADITIONAL GOSPEL HYMNS, TRADITIONAL TUNES, AND NO BRIDGES TO OTHER WORDS OR OTHER TUNES..., for all ages/experiences to appreciate. (REMINDER AGAIN: for Hymns: please ONLY use TRADITIONAL HYMN TUNES & WORDS, without bridges to contemporary words/tunes or contemporary songs which then bridge to a hymn/partial hymn chorus; Those you can do in the contemporary/originals portion...)
On the website: jerseyshoregospel.com, PRESS THE YELLOWBUTTON FOR the Draft 2023 GMM Flyer with the PROPOSED DATES for this coming summer. A GMM-Hymn Request List and GMM-Volume Reminder Memo can also be found on this website. ORIGINAL Hymn Words and Tunes can be found on the Internet, for your group to learn and review... for Ocean Grove.
The Boardwalk Pavilion is a covered, open-air facility with electricity, seating about 250 inside/200 outside (however audience numbers really vary according to vacationer schedules/weather, boardwalk/town activities, surf, etc..). All donations go to your group; beach passes may be provided for your singers and helpers. It can be a ministry-witness opportunity and a fun-day at the beach for your group.
Groups are encouraged to bring their own SMALL Sound Systems for comfortable volume balances; some use instruments, keyboards, tape/cd backgrounds, etc..; our preference is NOT for heavy base guitar or heavy drum sounds (maybe doing some selections without drums?), AND NOT miking of drums or base guitars, and try some/more acoustical; and try your PA output with very little or no reverb/echo; our aim is for clear words. I have available some small karaoke-type PA equipment in my car if needed.
We would appreciate hearing from someone/contact person for your group as soon as possible if you would like to participate. Please pass this form/email on to the proper person/committee for consideration. Please return the REPLY-FORM found below CIRCLING SEVERAL DATES/TIME SLOTS for me to juggle+confirm a date with you. We look forward to enthusiastic/evangelical/gospel-preaching/Bible-believing churches/organizations & individuals/performing singers or groups embracing same.
We would like responses, BY EMAIL, As Soon As Possible, to start confirming/listing programs for publicity/website. We add programs until all slots are filled. REMINDER Again:
PLEASE PUT ON THE SUBJECT LINE:
23GMM/PROGRAM NAME/CONTACT PERSON & PHONE NUMBER.
I will try and send a reply as soon as possible following your email to be included in the 2023 summer season. Your program names will be added to the “GMM FLYER+THEME”, as the program date and time are slotted in. Please call / write / email with questions/suggestions. YOU CAN REPLY USING THE EMAIL ADDRESS SENDING YOU THIS PGM-INVITE LETTER PROCEDURE, WITH THE REQUESTED “23GMM/PGM NAME/CONTACT PERSON/PHONE NUMBER” AS MENTIONED ABOVE...
AGAIN THIS YEAR: Times for Sundays: 2:30 & 4pm, or an occasional 7pm, if no Eve Auditorium or Tabernacle Services. We would also like no drums and primarily traditional hymns on Sunday afternoon program please. It's more of a solemn Holiness Sabbath day for many faith backgrounds who are more traditional in their church services and formats; and they would appreciate more choral-type, hymn arrangements, and pleasant drum-free Sunday afternoons or evenings.
For new groups: please send me a copy of your church/organization/individual doctrinal statement of faith that you use, for our files. We use the trans-denominational statement of faith of the National Association of Evangelicals as a guideline, with some additional thoughts about our Scriptural Holiness tradition. (I can send one on request). (We are a more traditional gospel music ministry with a variety of music styles for all to appreciate and enjoy, and really not in tune with some of the entertainment-driven/"Emerging Church" promotional philosophies and emphasis that exist in christendom these days...; not appreciating "Prophetic Music" styles or "Word of Knowledge/Faith" practices with their heavy charismatic connections; please leave slaying of the spirit or tongues-speaking back at your home church location; desiring this series to stay more with our Holiness/Traditional roots, foundation, and purpose). Also not a fan of the Hillsong, Bethel, Elevation Church-type music+philosophies bringing worldliness into the church. Think of the words of: The Way Of The Cross Leads Home/v.3: "Then I bid farewell to the way of the world, To walk in it never more"). Charles Spurgeon would say, “Is the church’s purpose to feed the lambs, or entertain the goats?”.
CONTINUING REMINDERS: (1) Please keep all animals at home, the township has a NO Animals Policy for the Boardwalk & Beach from May through October. (2) For the COMFORT Of ALL, PLEASE NO SMOKING or VAPING In and Around the Boardwalk Pavilion and in all Pavilion seating areas. The township has a NO Smoking Policy as well.
Thanks so much, Don Cleaves, GMM SERIES VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR.
THIS FOLLOWINGREPLY-FORM IS NOT INTERACTIVE.YOU MAY:
(1) COPY AND PASTE, FILL IN, AND SEND BACK IN THE BODY OF AN EMAIL, or PDF,
(2) PRINT THE FORM, FILL OUT, THEN SCAN & RETURN AS A PDF ATTACHMENT, OR
RETURN IN REGULAR MAIL TO OUR ABOVE ADDRESS.
(3) JUST SHOOT ME AN EMAIL WITH SOME SUGGESTED DATES/ TIMESLOTS THAT
ARE GOOD FOR YOU/YOUR GROUP.
( BE SURE TO MARK/LIST CLEARLY SEVERAL DATES+TIMES REQUESTED,
PERHAPS IN PREFERENTIAL ORDER,
SO WE CAN JUGGLE AND GET YOU ON THE SCHEDULE ).
AGAIN --> PLEASE PUT ON THE SUBJECT LINE:
23GMM/GROUP NAME/CONTACT NAME
& PHONE NUMBER.
T H A N K S !
2023REPLY FORM (WEB)
P R O G R A M OR T A B L E P R O M O
( INFORMATION & GENERAL QUESTIONS )
EMAIL REPLY ADDRESS:
CONTACT FULL ADDRESS:
SHOULD I UPDATE ANY CHANGE ?
1) PICTURE DETAILS THIS YEAR >>> if you want
us to have your picture, and to keep them current,
Please send your picture ON A POSTER, 8 1/2 x 11,
with our GMM INFO ALONG THE TOP or
BOTTOM. Then leave a space for us to write in
the: Day, Date, Time, then Your Picture Below,
Then Your Info desired Below or on the Side
of your Picture. Please send ASAP. There is a
Sample Poster under: "SAMPLE GMM POSTER INFO"
on this website for you to Use as a Guideline.
2) If you want us to have your COMPLETED POSTERS, please send 7-8 ( or email 1:
With LARGE FONT sizes for: Day/Date/Time).
3) Set-up time: [ ] Take-down time: [ ]. (We need to know for scheduling)
4) Your program category? ( Please Mark ):
Traditional Hymns ( ORIGINAL TUNES & WORDS For Hymns )
Blended-Contemporary/(Please NO Heavy Beat).
Pr. & Worship-Blended
Pr. & Worship-Mostly LIGHT Contemporary
(PLEASE CIRCLE, UNDERLINE, CHECK, COLOR or SOME HOW MARK GOOD DATES FOR YOU):